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Articles on Respite

  • Article by Autism Lynn Vigo, MSW, LICSW
    "It was the day after New Year’s and our support groups were winding down when the idea struck me. These parents were in the midst of a long two-week holiday break from school with their kids and they looked a little worse for the wear.

    As they described the reality of what the holidays meant for them (sleep deprivation, high expectations, big disappointments, little or no routine, meltdowns, family members who don’t get it, nerve-wracking security checks at airports), I couldn’t help but wish that there were a way to give them a regular break from this for just a short while. With that, I thought, we could lighten their load and give them the recharge they need to get back up and do it again day after day..."

  • Article by Bec Oakley

    What do you do when taking time for yourself isn’t an option?
    When you don’t have family or friends who can look after your kids?
    When you can’t afford a babysitter, even if you could find one to cope with your kids’ needs?
    When you’re a single parent who can’t tag team with a partner?
    When the waiting list for respite services in your area is months or even years long?

    The reality is that the parents who are the most in need of respite are the least likely to get it. This is a dangerous situation which is rarely talked about, most likely because it’s a problem for which there are no easy solutions...

  • What is respite? Respite is a temporary break, given to caretakers, that provides a period of rest and renewal. The Respite Guide, “Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Respite in Your Community,” is intended to help parent support group leaders develop and provide respite programs to the families in their communities, or to partner with public agencies in their program development and implementation.

  • Nebraska DHHS website containing a definition of respite, who qualifies for respite and links to respite FAQ